Today's selected headlines feature examples of both advances and challenges facing remote educational systems in the U.S., as well as inspirational stories of progress from around the world in the fields of science, medicine and social awareness. As always, our selections are inspired by the Front Pages posted daily on Newseum.org.
The Oregonian, Published in Portland, Oregon
There is deep financial inequity between West Bend and Bend La-Pine, two areas of Oregon only 30 minutes apart that share a district. Remote learning has exacerbated challenges for the poorer communities of Pine, including spotty or unreliable internet, language barriers for students in a region home to many immigrant families as well as the difficulties adjusting to online learning for students with disabilities. The leaders of Bend La-Pine are taking initiative to reach out to households in the district to assess what challenges each family is facing in an attempt to provide the necessary alternatives or aide, such as free transportation to areas with Wifi.
[CVTC Campus by Wisconsin Technical Colleges, courtesy of Creative Commons]
The Chippewa Herald, Published in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin
Chippewa Valley Technical College is leading an initiative to provide students with open-source textbooks. This will allow students to access materials without paying hundreds of dollars to purchase the texts, and it will also allow other schools to share these texts with their students, making education more financially accessible. The funding comes from the U.S. Department of Education, who has provided all 16 of Wisconsin's Technical College schools with a collective $2.5 million grant for this project.
[Wolf River on the Menominee Reservation, WI by Chris Ford, courtesy of Creative Commons]
Green Bay Press-Gazette, Published in Green Bay, Wisconsin
Ayanna O'Kimosh is a 12 year old boxing champion with the Menominee Indian Boxing Club in Keshena, Wisconsin. She is a Menominee descendant and an enrolled member of the Oneida nation. She's using her platform to raise awareness about the phenomenon of murdered and missing Indigenous women and girls, or MMIWG. A family member of hers went missing in June, and she's begun raising funds and taking to social media to spread the word about this crisis. Ayanna plans to use her skills to teach self defense to girls on the reservation once Coronavirus passes.
The Peninsula, Published in Doha, Qatar
Represented by Qatar Open Data Portal of the Ministry of Transport and Communications (MoTC), the State of Qatar was given the 2020 World Summit on Information Society (WSIS 2020) Award for their work in e-Science. WSIS, which was held entirely online, aims to achieve sustainable development goals alongside organizations such as the United Nations and the International Telecommunication Union. Qatar also received recognition within another award category called "Centralized Connectivity in the Schools Network".
[Cat collar by Doug88888, courtesy of Creative Commons]
China Daily, Published in Beijing, China
Guo Yang is a veterinarian that uses Traditional Chinese Medicine to help animals with issues such as chronic pain, inflammation and paralysis caused by nerve damage. In 15 years, he's helped more than 200 cats and dogs regain health. The history of TCM in China is more than 1,000 years old, and many types of animals can benefit from this practice. Yang does not oppose traditional veterinary practices, instead TCM vets use procedures such as acupuncture in leu of otherwise unsuccessful modern treatments, such as oral painkillers.
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